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Rooting an LG G3 and Flashing the Fulmics ROM

I’ve been disappointed with the performance of my LG G3 (D850) for some time now. Swiping from screen to screen was laggy. It would fail to connect to the Bluetooth in my car. Apps would hang for almost no reason. It was not fun to use anymore. So, I did a factory reset on it. That’ll fix things, right? No. My phone was just as bad as it was before wiping all of my apps and settings.

So, I put the phone away for a while and switched to a Nexus 5. I greatly enjoyed Marshmallow and the clean Nexus experience. Not having McAfee on my phone was a plus, too.

But alas, I pined for the power of my G3. Having a working phone in my possession, I decided that I’d try rooting the phone and flashing the Fulmics ROM that everyone on /r/lgg3 seems to be raving about.

Step 1: Rooting the Phone

It took me a few attempts, but here’s what I found to work.

  1. Enable Developer Options and USB Debugging.
  2. Attach your phone to a Windows computer with the LG drivers installed.
  3. Download and extract the following zip file: http://bit.ly/1Ln9FKB (Mirror)
  4. Run the root.bat script and follow the on-screen instructions.

While not likely to be needed, additional instructions can be found here.

Step 2: Installing TWRP

TWRP is Team Win’s recovery partition that allows for the backing up of the phone and installing custom ROMs. Once rooted, this can be installed via the Play Store. Once you launch the application, SuperSU will notify you that it needs permissions to access your phone’s storage. You’ll need to allow this for TWRP to be installed.

Step 3: Backing Up Your Phone

Turn off your phone. Ensure you have a micro SD card inserted.

Boot into Recovery Mode by holding down the Power and Volume Down buttons until the LG logo appears. Quickly release the power button, then hold it down again.

Click on the Backup menu option, choose Advanced, then select all of the items for backup. Ensure your backup is going to your SD card, then start it by swiping at the bottom of the screen.

Check all of the boxes, not just the ones shown here.

Once this completes, shut down your phone (Reboot -> Power Off), remove the SD card, connect it to your computer, and copy the backup onto your hard drive.

Step 4: Install Fulmics

On the Windows computer, with the SD card still attached, go and download Fulmics 4.1. Once the download completes, copy the zip file to the SD card, then put it back into the phone and again boot into Recovery.

Click the Install button and select the zip file. This will launch the Aroma Installer for Fulmics. When you get to the Select Your Device screen, ensure that you select the proper one. Selecting the wrong model will likely brick your phone. As I have an AT&T D850, that’s what I selected.

The rest of the installer presents you with the opportunity to remove bundled applications (i.e. carrier bloatware) and install additional Fulmics packages (which can be installed later). The choice is yours on these.

When this is complete, reboot your phone into your new, working Fulmics ROM. Initial boot will take some time, but you should see indications of Fulmics in the splash screens.

Sliding Messaging Pro

After recently making the switch from iPhone to the world of Android, I found that doing some of the things I am used to (such as applying different notification sounds to each contact) is not as easy as it was on iOS. In fact, on my HTC One, I had to actually install a different messaging app to do this. Luckily, there are a great number of feature-filled SMS programs. The one I am currently using is Sliding Messaging Pro, which was a contender in the All About Android Arena a few weeks ago.

My only issue with the app was that the Individual Notification Settings weren’t saving. After my Google searching failed me, I contacted the developer, who responded quickly and told me that I had to uncheck the “Save to External SD Card” setting in Advanced Settings. This makes sense, as my HTC One does not have an external SD card. Now, everything is working nicely and I have a pretty awesome SMS interface.

New Text Alert Tone

The scream cut from the Robot Chicken Gummy Bear sketch.

I’m so happy, ’cause I’m a gummy bear! Gummy bear!

Get the iPhone ringtone here.

 

Offering Service Blocks At Verizon = Pink Slip

Bad, Verizon. Bad.David Pogue of the New York Times is reporting that Verizon has implemented a company policy of punishing employees who recommend certain service blocks to customers who are looking to avoid accidental fees. According to a Verizon customer service representative, offering a mobile web access block or an SMS block without the customer asking for it can lead to termination.

Customer service representatives have also been told to avoid issuing credits for accidental charges. “We are to upsell customers on the $9.99 25MB/month or $29.99 unlimited packages for customers. Customers are not to be credited for charges unless they ask for the credit.”